She had a trench from the Gap I loved so much, she wore it for about four years which is like wearing something for half your life when you're child.
When I saw this in the Ottobre issue, I was determined to make it before she got to old for the cuteness of it.
I had a heck of a time finding fabric. I really liked the orange color in the magazine but couldn't find anything like it. There was a whole incident at the Bernina store with the lady that decided to cut me down to size when I asked for help finding "cotton poplin". She told me there was no such thing. All poplin is polyester. Took me to some hideous 70's polyester. Yes, I had told her I was making a child'r trench coat. When I politely tried to get her to not help me anymore, she through her Major in Fiber at me. Insane. Then I found this blood orange, unmarked fabric on sale for about $4.00/yd which I'm pretty sure is COTTON POPLIN and bought it. Then she tried to force me to buy matching thread. It was horrible. I barely made it out of there without blowing my top.
I'm sure she would balk if she knew that I didn't use matching thread ON PURPOSE. I used hot pink. Yes people, hot pink with blood orange. I would have liked to find duck egg blue for the buttons, but no such luck so I had to settle for these gray ones which somehow happened to be the most expensive buttons at JoAnn's.
I was very happy with result despite getting off to a disappointing start. I expected the welt pockets to go quite well but I they weren't as smooth as they should be. The pattern markings simply weren't enough for me on this one. I also messed up by forgetting to do the double top-stitching on them and had to do the second line after they were already on. It's not too noticeable though.
Here's a peek at the lining. It's white cotton with light green/gray dots. A fabric I already had in my stash.
It was freezing when we took this photos. She was a good sport and was very happy when I told her to just put on a hat and that it was OK to be cold in the photo..
And last, I found a great source for European shoes and was so happy when they opened an online store. That is until I went to pay. I had to swallow hard several times before clicking the submit button. I store these beauties in my closet to insure nothing happens to them and maybe they can become an heirloom her daughter can wear someday.